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Environment and Social Policy Statement
In pursuing its mission of “leading the process of policy formulation on economic and social issues and external co-operation management to achieve sustainable development for the people of Jamaica”, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) undertakes to uphold the principles of:
 
• Ethical leadership
• honesty and integrity
• openness and transparency
• human dignity 
• respect for and fair and equitable treatment of all employees and      stakeholders 
• social and environmental responsibility
• accessibility and partnership
• respect for and observance of national laws
 
The Institute commits to upholding the dignity of the human person and to treating each individual with respect and in accordance with the Constitution and Laws of Jamaica, including all labour laws. As employer, the Institute will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of colour, race, age, gender, religion, socio-economic status, physical ability or political affiliation. The Institute prohibits all forms of harassment be it verbal or physical. As a development agency, the PIOJ reiterates willingness to availing itself of the views and contribution of residents through the process of stakeholder consultation and involvement at various stages of policy and programme development, and to maintaining open channels for communication and feedback. 
 
The PIOJ has zero tolerance for fraud, financial mismanagement and other forms of mismanagement. In this regard, the Institute remains committed to adhering to the highest standards of honesty, accountability, and transparency in the conduct of all its activities.  The Institute further commits to maintaining ethical and professional conduct in the execution of its fiduciary responsibilities in accordance with the laws and regulations relevant to public sector governance, and the guidelines for Fraud and Financial Mismanagement, as outlined in the Disciplinary Code of the PIOJ Employee Handbook, and in accordance with the Environmental and Social Policy of the Adaptation Fund. 
 
In its day to day operations, the PIOJ pledges to subscribe to and promote the principles of good governance and environmental stewardship, complying with national environmental laws and regulations.  Accordingly, the Institute will pursue policies and actions to safeguard against all forms of ecological and environmental harm or degradation. The Institute will practice water and energy efficiency and conservation; waste minimisation; proper waste disposal; and embrace the standard of “reduce/reuse/recycle” as applicable.  In addition, the PIOJ undertakes to use and promote the use of environmentally friendly products and technologies and to ensure that all its systems and business practices, including recruitment and procurement, are sustainable.
 
All programmes/projects developed or implemented by or in association with the Institute will seek to avoid unjustified loss or reduction of natural resources, including biological resources and associated habitats. Additionally, the Institute will support and promote initiatives to advance protection of the natural environment, sustainable use of natural resources, and conservation of biodiversity.   
 
The Institute will provide the leadership required to maintain an environment where both its internal and external stakeholders recognise and accept environmental stewardship and social responsibility as core values. At the organisational level, each member of staff undertakes to give effect to the commitments set forth in this statement through being:
Inclusive, Accountable, Respectful and Responsible
 
Colin Bullock
Director General
August 2015
Revised February 2016
 
 

 


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